2014 Micro Bio "SieteJuntos" Syrah Viño de la Tierra de Castilla

SKU #1269820 91 points Vinous

 Bright violet color. Potent smoke- and mineral-accented black and blue fruits and violet on the highly perfumed nose. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry, cassis and floral pastille flavors that deepen and turn sweeter with aeration. Finishes suave, seamless and penetrating, with dusty tannins and a persistent floral quality. (JR)  (1/2016)

K&L Notes

Produced from fruit grown on a vineyard planted with Crozes Hermitage cuttings personally selected by Ismael Gozalo, this is really good, textbook, savory Syrah. From The Wine Advocate's Luis Gutierrez: "Ismael Gozalo is the vigneron from Ossian. He started there with Javier Zaccagnini (of Aalto) as a partner because he does not want to be involved in the commercial side of the business. When Zaccagnini sold his share of Ossian to Pago de Carraovejas (also from Ribera del Duero), he continued his role as the winemaker and vine grower for Ossian. But long ago he had started a small side project where he wanted to give free rein to his creativity, produce some crazy wines (sometimes), break all the rules and have joint-ventures with fellow vignerons from different regions in Spain. The range here is quite eclectic (he even produced some mead) and the wines have a marked personality. He has a small winery in the village of Nieva where he has room to produce some 10,000 bottles per year. I've used his name, as it what appears in all the labels, but he has created a new name; he's starting to use MicroBioWines. 60% of his production is exported. I tasted a very eclectic collection of wines, no less than eight Verdejos from different plots and produced in different ways. Many of these wines are almost academic, as quantities are really small. But they show how many different things can be achieved with the reviled Verdejo grape. I wish more 'natural' wines were like these."

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Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
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Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Alcohol Content (%): 14